Sonoma Coast Wine


The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Kastania Vineyards

    A viticulture class in 1994 inspired Linda and Hoot Smith to demonstrate their love of red wine b...

  • DuNah Winery

    DuNah Vineyard & Winery lies in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley near the small country town ...

  • Peter Mathis Wine

    Peter Mathis planted his 7.5 acre hillside vineyard in the Sonoma Valley in 1999 with Grenache, P...

  • Flowers Vineyard & Winery

    As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combin...

  • Keller Estate

    A visually stunning winery at the gateway to the Sonoma Wine Country. Keller Estate features u...

  • Ridgeway

    Michael Ridgeway had a vision in 2001 when he first set his eyes on the property that is now “Two...

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Sonoma Coast on Snooth

  • In honor of DMCKER (well not really, some friends were in town from New York) ... We started with a Sparkling Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2010 Charles Heintz Sabrina Marie. With dinner I brought a 2012 Carter Cellars Cab Sauv Beckstoffer ToKalon "The Grand Daddy" and our dining partners ordered a 2002 Colgin Herb Lamb Vyd Cab Sauv off the wine lis... Read More

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  • Terlato Vineyards Chardonnay 2014


    oaky sweetness mixed with lemon and minerals. great wine! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Tangley Oaks Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2013


    fruity and easy drinking Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Rodney Strong Chardonnay Chalk Hill 2008


    imported from danceforme but uncertain 3-3.5. Read More

    Wine review by salomogt

  • Ridge Geyserville 2007


    Somewhat of a sour nose. Quite light hit of berry fruit on the tip of the tongue. Tannins are diminished to a chalky sensation. Very delightful on the rear palate. It seems like an integrated, mature wine experience in that areavery smooth. Sourness detected on the nose seems to have dissipated with just a few minutes of air. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Zin-Phomaniac Reserve Old Vines Zinfandel Sonoma County 2014


    Cool blueberry and black cherry fruit with oregano and mixed dried herb on the nose with mixed baking spice. Much warmer and richer on the palate, with zesty spiciness, a bloom of acidity, and red fruit flavors of cherry, raspberry, strawberry, and clove and cinnamon spice on the finish. A touch of sweet spice and fruit gives a bit of an illusio... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Gallo Signature Series Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2014


    Cool peach and green apple aromas with coconut flakes and a hint of dried apricot. Demonstrating a creaminess on entry but quickly throwing some tart lemon and fresh acidity, some golden berry and more green apple towards the finish that has a touch of oak to it. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Sirens Muse Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012


    A Tasting Room selection from a few months ago. Their onsite description seems accurate to me. 'Aromas of wild berries, savory dried herbs and subtle earthiness are immediately evident upon pouring. On the palate, flavors of ripe cherries, black tea and pomegranate are framed by fine-grained tannins, earthy minerality and bright acidity. This wi... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2009


    I had this off a wine list at one of Donnie Wahlberg's restaurants in Hingham, MA. It was by the glass on the bar. I was amazed at how nice it was. It stands up to some of the best, my Brown, Cline, Rosenbaum, Ridge, should I go on. If you follow my Zin recommendations you will know this rates if I write about it. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • Happy New Year everyone!I just wanted to post a quick update on our little ... ... did order a Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot.  It was very nice, but no Windy Oaks- LOL!   WO has ruined me for all pinot, I swear!    We did make it to Farmstead, which was fantastic!  I highly recommend the meatballs and the cheddar biscuits... yum!It was a nice... Read More

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